Jul 19 2009


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Head Coach: Jack Marolich

Jack graduated from WWU in 2008, after rowing four years with the Vikings.  During that time he was a member of boats that earned gold at NCRCs, WIRAs, and made trips to both the IRA and Dad Vail Championship regattas. Prior to returning to WWU to coach the men in 2010, he spent time coaching on the east coast and also at Sammamish and Everett Rowing Associations. In 2012, Jack was named the NCRC Coach of the Year and has been striving to build the Vikings team into a championship crew. He is in his 6th year coaching at Western.


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Novice Coach: Zak Balonick

Zak returns to the team as Novice coach for the 2014-2015 season following four years rowing for the Vikings. During the 2012 season, Zak sat 7 seat in the first place finishing V8 at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing (NCRC) Championship at Dexter Lake, OR, as well as bow seat in the V4+ that took first at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship on Lake Natoma, CA. Zak went on to represent WWU in the V4+ at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship at Lake Lanier, GA, placing 7th overall and 2nd among DII crews. Zak also represented the team at the Dad Vail regatta in Philadelphia, PA in the V4+ in 2013, making it to the semi finals. Zak was a member of the leadership committee for 2 years.

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 9.50.24 PMNovice Coach: Joe Gregersen

Joe is a graduated four year rower for the Vikings. Throughout his four years at WWU, Joe has been a part of multiple championship boats. He sat 2 seat in the Varsity 4+ that won WIRA in 2012, 6 seat in the Varsity 8+ that won the NCRC Championship in 2012 and 2013 and a few others. Although they did not win, Joe sat 2 seat in the Varsity four that took 3rd place at Dad Vail in 2014. Joe was awarded with ACRA All Team West Coast in 2012 and 2014 and was also awarded as a 2014 ACRA All American at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship.
Joe is excited to still be a part of the team and to be a part of the coaching staff for the 2014-2015 season with the Vikings.





Asst. Coach: Sean O’Meara

Sean joined the Viking coaching staff the Fall of ’13 and has also been coaching at the Whatcom Rowing Association since 2011. He learned to row at Marietta College, in Ohio, where he was a freshman coxswain. He got his first start in coaching that same year, helping push a young Marietta High School crew to a successful inaugural season. Since his crew days at Marietta, he has been a SCUBA instructor, Aquatics Director at Camp Black Mountain, and 20+ year career Ranger for the National Park Service. He has been an active single sculler since 1989 and recently completed his USRowing Level II Coaching Certification.



will crew photoStrength Coach: Will Ruth

Will continues his role on the Men’s Crew staff in 2014-2015 as the team’s Strength Coach, providing the yearly strength programming and lifting instruction. Will rowed in high school at Olympia Area Rowing club and currently competes in the sport of Strongman at the regional level. Will is USA-Weightlifting Level 1 certified and graduated from Western in Spring ’14 with a BS in Kinesiology, focusing in Sport Psychology. Will currently works and strength performance coach.

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